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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-09 07:14
Subject: [links] Link salad reads a book
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A Giant Community Cancer Card/Hug For Jay — Bryan Thomas Schmidt shares an email he recently sent me.

Majority of doctors opposed to full access to your own electronic recordsFacebook data liberation? Check. Twitter? Check. Your health records. Umm…

SMBC on Hamlet's tragic flaws — Ah, lit crit. Hahahah.

The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of TroubleA world-renowned physicist meets a gorgeous model online. They plan their perfect life together. But first, she asks, would he be so kind as to deliver a special package to her? Uh huh. (Via David Goldman.)

Researchers: We may have found a fabled sunstone — Viking open water navigation! How it works. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Reverse Evolution found in House Dust Mites

We're Screwed: 11,000 Years' Worth of Climate Data Prove It — Since the earth is only 6,000 years old -- a position implicitly endorsed by anyone who votes Republican -- 11,000 years of data is an obvious lie.

What happens when Mississippi paper covers a lesbian wedding? — nd good for them. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Focus on the Family Works to Change Its Message — I am highly cynical of stories like this. After all the vile evil Focus on the Family has wrought, why should I trust them now to be anything but more sophisticated Christianist bigots? Even the message being sent now amounts to, "Respect my freedom to oppress you."

Good People, Racist People — Ta-Nehisi Coates is very smart on race.

Guns In Classrooms: South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Teachers To Arm Themselves — What could possibly go wrong? Everyone knows guns are a force for morality and goodness in our society.

QotD?: What are you reading?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (a little WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 240.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of "Real Americans": 0
Currently reading: Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2013-03-09 15:50 (UTC)
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I don't like guns. I don't like that guns are readily available, and I certainly don't like guns in the classroom. My biggest fear about guns in the classrooms is that too many teachers are creative, abstract, fractured people with multiple attention deficit disorder. They've go SO much that they are responsible for, that they frequently forget something important. Most of the time it's the school keys, which truly is a nightmare for a teacher, but the problem is mostly rekeying the building. The problem ratchets up in a deadly way, though, if teachers have guns. I have no difficulty seeing a teacher in the lounge, slapping his jacket frantically. "Where's my gun? I had it this morning when I got here. Maybe I left it in the copy room." This will happen WAY more often than someone with bad intent coming into the school.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-03-09 23:55 (UTC)
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Oh dear Lord yes. I hadn't thought about that argument but you're absolutely right. It's funny when the teachers are losing keys (one now-retired teacher was notorious for mislaying hers, same with a former principal before my time who left his car keys in his car because otherwise he'd lose them...) but it's totally different with guns.

Yeah, I own guns and I hunt, but I absolutely don't like the idea of carrying guns at school. Finally had The Talk with my 6th grade students. All of them have handled guns. All of them have gone hunting.

NOT A ONE OF THEM WANTS GUNS IN SCHOOL. They're most worried about the kid who goes crazy and takes a gun from a teacher.

That's pretty telling to me.

Edited at 2013-03-09 11:56 pm (UTC)
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2013-03-10 15:16 (UTC)
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In the furor after the Newtown shootings, there ws an article going around by a teacher disucssing this. Some of the points, as I recall, were that the teacher's job in an emergency is looking after their students - which can be quite hard enough as anyone who has ever been in school knows all too well. Toss in the need to make tactical fire decisions which even veteran cops and soldiers can get wrong on top of that and this is destined to go badly. Ther were other discussions that the guard in their school gets into a tussle almost daily with some student or other; dd a gun which can be taken from the guard and now the fun escalates enormously. Even if not, unless your armed person has precognition or can travel instantaneously within the school, at least some people will get shot before they arrive.

Given the recent expose on the NRA basically being a front for the gun manufacturers (as the National Smokers Alliance was for the tobacco companies), the emphasis on "more guns everywhere" should not be surprising but it is both dismaying and insane.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2013-03-09 18:56 (UTC)
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"Reverse evolution"? It's just evolution.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2013-03-10 23:52 (UTC)
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I was like, What the hell are they talking about? They evolved one direction, and when their environment was different, they evolved another direction. That the later direction greatly resembles an even earlier form or mode is irrelevant.
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User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2013-03-09 20:33 (UTC)
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I kind of skimmed that NY Times article about the Professor. Seems to me a classic case of a guy thinking with his little head instead of his big one. Or as somebody said, "men have two heads but only enough blood to us one at a time."

Edited at 2013-03-09 08:34 pm (UTC)
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